Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

College of Education and Social Work
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements9
Must include a course in the following areas: BIO; HIS; LIT/CLS; PHI; PSC; PSY ; SOC (Students are required to take 9 semester hours of writing emphasis courses. The social work curriculum includes two (SWO 300 and SWO 351). Students need to choose an additional writing emphasis course to fulfill this general education requirement.
Language Requirements
Six semester hours of language (students may request to take culture cluster courses to meet some or all of this requirement; adviser permission is required).6
Additional Liberal Arts Foundation Course
To support the liberal arts foundation and biopsychosocial perspective in social work, these courses are also required of social work majors: PHI, PSC, PSY, SOC12
Social Work Pre-Candidacy Courses
Must earn a minimum of 2.50 GPA in these courses to be accepted into candidacy:
SWO 200Introduction to Social Welfare3
SWO 220Introduction to Generalist Practice3
SWO 225Race Relations (also meets interdisciplinary requirement)3
SWO 300Family Systems3
Social Work Professional Foundation
Students must maintain a 2.50 GPA in these courses:
SWO 320Generalist Social Work Practice I3
SWO 321Generalist Social Work Practice II3
SWO 332Social Welfare Policies and Services3
SWO 350Human Behavior in Social Environment I3
SWO 351Human Behavior and the Social Environment II3
SWO 375Field Experience I6
SWO 395Junior Seminar3
SWO 431Methods Of Social Inquiry3
SWO 432Advanced Policy Practice3
SWO 450Field Experience II6
SWO 451Field Experience III6
SWO 495Social Work Senior Seminar I3
SWO 496Social Work Senior Seminar II3
Total Minimum Credits Required120

In addition, continued matriculation at the professional level of the B.S.W. program requires that all students:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.00 or better in the general education requirements

  • Maintain an average 2.50 GPA in the required liberal arts foundation courses

  • Obtain a 2.50 GPA to graduate from the social work program

  • Adhere to field practice requirements in accordance with the Undergraduate Social Work Field Manual

  • Comply with NASW Code of Ethics and the professional behaviors established by the social work program

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
SWO 200 Introduction to Social Welfare 3
SWO 225 Race Relations (I or J) 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 1 3
Select approved Sociology course (SOC 200 or SOC 240 recommended) 1 3
Foreign Language (Spanish recommended) 2 3
Semester Two
SWO 220 Introduction to Generalist Practice 3
SWO 300 Family Systems (W) 3
Select one of the following: 1 3
Critical Writing and Research  
Critical Writing: Approaches to Pop Culture  
Critical Writing: Investigating Experience  
Critical Writing: Multidisciplinary Imagination  
Critical Writing: Entering Public Sphere  
Critical Writing: Special Topics  
Select approved Psychology course (PSY 100 recommended) 1 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Year Two
Semester Three
SWO 332 Social Welfare Policies and Services 3
SWO 350 Human Behavior in Social Environment I 3
Select one approved Political Science course (PSC 100 recommended) 2 3
Select approved BIO course (BIO 102 will not count towards this requirement) 1 3
Select approved History course (HIS 150 recommended) 1 3
Semester Four
SWO 320 Generalist Social Work Practice I 3
SWO 351 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (W) (J) 3
SPK 208
Public Speaking
or Business and Professional Speech Communication
Select one approved science class from the following: 3
Concepts of Chemistry  
The Chemistry of Beer  
Fundamentals in Computer Science  
Introduction to Computer Programming  
Computer Science I  
Introduction to Geology  
Other Worlds, Other Stars  
Introduction to Our Atmosphere  
Elements of Physical Science  
Structure of the Universe  
General Physics I  
General Physics II  
Physics I  
Physics II  
Select one advised elective 3
Year Three
Semester Five
Candidacy Application Due Sept 15  
Professional Social Work Coursework  
SWO 321 Generalist Social Work Practice II 3
SWO 431 Methods Of Social Inquiry 3
Select any Math course (MAT 104 or MAT 121 recommended) 3
Select any approved Philosophy course (PHI 180 recommended) 3
Elective 3
Semester Six
Professional Social Work Coursework  
SWO 375 Field Experience I 6
SWO 395 Junior Seminar 3
SWO 432 Advanced Policy Practice 3
Select one advised elective 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
Professional Social Work Coursework  
SWO 450 Field Experience II 6
SWO 495 Social Work Senior Seminar I 3
Select one approved course in Art, Cinematography, Dance, Music, Photography, or Theatre 3
Select one advised elective 3
Semester Eight
SWO 451 Field Experience III 6
SWO 496 Social Work Senior Seminar II 3
Select two advised electives 6
 Total Credits120